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Intel & Low Budget Gaming PC in Pakistan

I set about researching for a low budget Gaming PC last month and came across a list by PaulsHardware. It is a list for a 400 USD Gaming PC, knowing well that the prices won’t be the same here in Pakistan as there are 20%+ misc. taxes and custom charges. Surprisingly, the most important part of the said system, Intel Pentium G4560 processor was not available anywhere.

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I contacted known Intel retailers in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and they’d respond with a surprise like they never heard of the Intel G4560 processor before. I then retrieved the list of Distributors for Pakistan from Intel’s website and called two Distributors, who categorically responded that they don’t have anything lower than 7th Generation i3 in stock and it appears from my research that no Distributor in Pakistan is importing perhaps one of the best processor choice for a budget Gaming PC.

A friend was returning in a few weeks from Dubai so I asked him to get this for me, which costed 240 AED, approx 65 USD/PKR 6800 as of today. It was not a bad deal. I already saved almost half than if I were to get the lowest i3-7100 for PKR 13500. The G4560 processor with HT enabled is pretty good for half the price. I don’t think the price to performance ratio of the i3-7100 processor is worth it but people don’t have a choice here in Pakistan.

The consumers in Pakistan have to buy Intel processors as AMD has no presence in Pakistan so the choice is very limited but here’s a breakdown of the cheapest “Budget” Gaming PC you can make in Pakistan. Here is to hoping AMD does come to Pakistan with their Ryzen processors.

The Budget Gaming PC in Pakistan (Intel)
ComponentSelectionPrice
CPUIntel - Core i3 7100 Processor13,500
MotherboardGigabyte - GA-B250M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard8,900
MemoryADATA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory7,000
StorageOEM Brand 128 GB Used SSD (Not adding mechanical drive, old one can be used)4,000
Video CardGigabyte - Radeon RX 460 4GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card14,500
CaseCorsair Carbide 100R Mid-Tower ATX5,500
Power SupplyCorsair VS450 450Watts4,500
FanCase Fan1,000
Total58,900

That’s a price difference of almost 40% from the original 400 USD Gaming PC… if you can call this a Budget PC. A lot of people prefer to buy old generation Gaming PCs for this very reason. If anyone needs to be in touch with me, feel free to contact me via form here.

(June 2017 Edition)